This week's Friday Fiver celebrates the very best in bromance - if we've missed out your favourite examples of televisual 'guy love' then be sure to nominate your own choices below!
Seth (Adam Brody) and Ryan (Ben McKenzie) on The OC (2003-2007)
When it comes to bromance, few can hope to match the kinship of geeky Cohen and brooding Atwood. While Dawson and Pacey bickered over Joey, their teen drama successors bonded over their respective romantic troubles. Seth and Ryan's pool-house bonding sessions were one of The OC's many highlights, and though a bromance doesn't usually permit a third wheel, when you added TV's Greatest Dad™ Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) to the manly mix, it was pure TV gold.
House (Hugh Laurie) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) on House (2004-2012)
Forget 'Huddy' - any real House fan knows that the show's most important relationship was between Greg House and his eternally patient and understanding pal James Wilson. Love interests came and went, but these two were always there for each other - playing pranks, watching sports, drinking beers and generally being bros. Their relationship took a dark turn when Wilson was diagnosed with cancer, but the final scene of the series - which saw the pair ride off into the sunset on twin motorcycles - was as perfect an ending to their bromance as we could've hoped for.
Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) from Friends (1994-2004)
We couldn't compile a list of TV's great bromances without mentioning these two best buds. Chandler and Joey couldn't have been more different - one a nerdy office bod, the other a womanising soap star - but they eventually formed a long-lasting bond, becoming room-mates and even surrogate parents to a chick and a duck. Who didn't feel a pang of sadness when Monica cruelly smashed their foosball table in the show's final episode?
JD (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison) from Scrubs (2001-2010)
So strong were the bromantic feelings between JD and Turk that they literally wanted to sing about them. The tear-jearking performance of 'Guy Love' in season six's 'My Musical' was arguably far more emotional than anything 'vanilla' and 'chocolate bear' shared with respective lovers Elliot (Sarah Chalke) and Carla (Judy Reyes), who correctly noted that once friends can tell if the other's naked based on the pitch of their voice, there's no getting between them. JD and Turk may have on occasion tried to resist their bromance for fear of wagging tongues, but they always end up back in each other's arms. Sing it out now: "You're the only man who's ever been inside of me..."
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) from Sherlock (2010-Present)
A bromance steeped in history. The nature of the relationship between Holmes and Watson has frequently been questioned in the 200-plus years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first stuck them together, but in Steven Moffat's beloved modern-day adaptation Sherlock there was no need to play on any homoerotic subtext. Cumberbatch's eccentric, beyond-brilliant detective and Freeman's straight (in every sense of the word) Watson are an odd couple still with something uniquely realistic about them. Everyone's got that friend you love even though they drive you crazy, leaving you wondering how on earth you ever came together. Cumberbatch and Freeman have tapped into that, giving us arguably the most dynamic Shwatson of all time. Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have got their work cut out to top them.
What's your favourite TV bromance? Let us know below!